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Police raid Occupy Oakland camp, make arrests

on October 25, 2011

In the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, Oakland police conducted raids on two encampments created by the Occupy Oakland protesters, the main one at Frank Ogawa Plaza and a smaller one at Snow Park near Lake Merritt.

Occupy Oakland protesters had been gathering at these locations since October 10 in support of the larger Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, which had grown to include similar camps in dozens of US cities.

By Monday, hundreds of protesters were living in Oakland’s plaza in front of City Hall where they had created a tent city that included amenities such as a crafts room, a kitchen and yoga lessons. Last Thursday, city officials began issuing a series of eviction notices warning the protesters that their encampment posed health and safety hazards, and that they could be arrested.

Police arrived before dawn on Tuesday and used a megaphone to announce that the protesters must leave. Protesters shouted “You are the 99 percent!” and refused to disperse.

Police wearing riot gear began to make arrests at City Center, and then moved to making arrests at Snow Park. Oakland North does not yet have an estimate of how many people have been arrested.

Oakland North reporters saw what appeared to be teargas used, but it was unclear who had used it or where it had come from.

As the arrests continued, protesters chanted “Shame! Shame!” and “White collar crimes go under your radar, but blue collar crimes bring you out.”

“When we reorganize, please come back and join us,” one protester told the officers.

This story is breaking. Oakland North will continue to provided updates. You can follow our reporters on Twitter @northoaklandnow.

You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here. 







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  2. Tonya Love on October 25, 2011 at 8:30 am


    I really admired their commitment even if I wasn’t entirely clear on their specific end goal.

    The protest seemed highly organized, friendly and determined to be respectful of the city. I heard that even after the bank protests on Lake Shore some stayed behind at Chase (and maybe Wells Fargo) to clean up.

    What happened? Specifically..what health codes were they violating?

    I had hoped that the mayor and the city would continue to allow them to stay and maintain a friendly relationship. It’s a shame that things had to deteriorate in such a way.

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  4. Mark V Reid on October 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    The 1% is scared, clearly. The movement is working. They unleashed a huge team of law enforcement personnel costing the taxpayers around a million dollars for nonviolent NON-vandalizing protesters exercising their right to protest strong grievances of a government that contains “representatives” “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%” ~ Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz. We love whatever humanity you the 1%, but we know that you are shaking and scared.

    You ought to be after what you have done to the middle class of America through your psychopathic corporations. Since Oakland public officials have clearly lost sight of the constitutional first amendment if not also their minds, lets state it again here so that they may read it and get in touch with it once again:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  5. Emilio pineda on October 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    See when they attack they are lost
    I have heard
    They are wrong becouse the people
    Will direct a flood of citizens to the bridges
    Bay bridge and golden gate in to San francisco that will be the flood moves on forward
    Power to the people

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  7. steveham on November 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Thank you to Mark V Reid for writing the 1st Amendment for all to be reminded of its words of freedom and rights “guaranteed” to the citizens of the new world. We have come FAR from respecting and honoring those rights!

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